Coughing is Natural, But is Your Cough Normal?




Normalize your cough. Don’t stop it! 

You’ve probably used the expression, “Cough it up!” While this slang usually means “hand it over or give it up,” it refers to the body’s all important cough function.  Cough has a vital role in getting rid of foreign objects before they are inhaled into our respiratory system and end-up in our lungs.  So, coughing is natural, but is your cough normal? Read more


Dr. Sher Leads National Conversation on Chronic Cough


“Cough is the most frequent illness-related reason people visit their doctor,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

But not all coughs are created equal.   Some people are dealing with an active upper respiratory infection or the aftermath, and others have a cough that just won’t go away.  A cough that lasts eight weeks or longer is considered a “chronic cough.” 10% of the population have a chronic cough and a large number from this group cannot find effective treatment because their physicians are diagnosing and treating the symptoms rather than the underlying cause. Read more

Can Talking be Contributing to your Chronic Cough?

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Can talking be contributing to your Chronic Cough?  Yes!  Talking by someone who has an overly sensitive cough mechanism can result in coughing fits.  The act of talking dries the throat and the dry throat acts as an irritant to the cough mechanism. So, it may not be surprising that Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton experienced an “uncontrollable coughing fit” while speaking in Hanoi in 2012.  The coughing episode resulted in Mrs. Clinton concluding her remarks early.

Chronic Cough can diminish professional performance.  Physical fatigue and anxiety associated with cough occurring at an inopportune time can be distracting.  Chronic Cough can also cause colleagues to avoid working with you for fear that you are sick and contagious.

Sometimes, cough is an indication of an underlying and significant medical problem.  Sometimes, Chronic Cough is THE problem.  Dr. Mandel Sher, Medical Director and Founder of Center for Cough, is a Cough Doctor.  He understands the debilitating consequences of Chronic Cough.  A comprehensive diagnostic and cough treatment approach results in precise identification of your cough cause(s) and cough treatment that will be effective.

If you or someone you know is suffering with Chronic Cough, contact Dr. Mandel Sher:  727-393-8067.


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AF-219: Promising New Cough Treatment

Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough are the nation’s leading site for clinical research trials for new cough treatments.  Currently, Center for Cough is enrolling eligible patients in Afferent Pharmaceuticals AF-219 clinical research trial. Preliminary results suggest AF-219 may be a promising new cough treatment.

Contact Amy, Center for Cough’s Clinical Research Coordinator, to learn more about this clinical research trial and other that may be available:  727-393-8067

“…Pathologic Cough – Debilitating & Potentially Chronic Neurogenic Disorder Affecting Millions Cough is the symptom for which patients most often seek medical attention. Pathologic cough or non-productive cough serves no functional purpose, and can occur following an upper respiratory infection. In most patients, this cough manifests itself as an acute cough lasting a few weeks. However, in some patients, sensitized nerve fibers fail to return to a normal quiescent state, resulting in sub-acute or chronic cough lasting months to years. The prevalence of chronic cough is estimated to be over 10% of adults in the U.S. While an underlying etiology may contribute to cough in some of these patients (such as GERD, asthma, COPD, etc.), many patients are not well-controlled for their cough even with treatment for such underlying etiology, or with the addition of currently available cough medications…” read more

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